Physical Activity Guidelines for People With Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
The first evidence-based physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury were released in March, 2011. This project will evaluate the implementation of the new physical activity guidelines in a community exercise setting in Hamilton, Ontario. The investigators hypothesize that persons who follow the guidelines will experience increased aerobic fitness and muscle strength. The investigators also hypothesize that participants will find the guidelines easy to follow and that their self-efficacy for participating in physical activity will be improved following the study period.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Implementation and Evaluation of the New Physical Activity Guidelines for People With Spinal Cord Injury.|
- Physical Fitness [ Time Frame: 4 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Peak VO2 tests will be done on a cycle ergometer to assess aerobic capacity/endurance, and peak strength will be measured on accessible weight-training equipment.
- Self-efficacy for achieving the physical activity guidelines [ Time Frame: 4 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Assessed through questionnaire.
- Adherence to physical activity guidelines [ Time Frame: 4 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Assessed through enrolment records
|Study Start Date:||July 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Physical Activity Guidelines
Participants randomized to this arm received training/guidance on following the physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury
Behavioral: Physical Activity Guidelines
Participants in the Physical Activity Guidelines Arm will be asked to participate in at least 20 minutes of moderate to heavy intensity aerobic activity 2 times per week as well as strength training exercises (moderate intensity) 2 times per week. The Control Arm will not be supervised to follow the physical activity guidelines
|No Intervention: Control|
|Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation, McMaster University|
|Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1|
|Principal Investigator:||Audrey Hicks, PhD||McMaster University|